Monday marked the beginning of the Global Innovation through Science & Technology program running out of 1871 through the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. The program, taking place from June 9th to June 17th, brings 12 startups from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to 1871, where they will participate in educational events and mentorship sessions aimed at helping them grow their businesses.
We will be introducing the entrepreneurs over the course of the program, so stay tuned to learn about these incredible people and their businesses. Let’s meet one of the entrepreneurs involved:
Hanan Khader is a 35-year-old mother of three. Entrepreneurship is her life and she hopes her children follow in her footsteps. A programmer turned business-woman, Hanan’s journey started when she realized that her region in Jordan lacked any trusted online websites dedicated to real estate. Thus, she developed Aqar-Estate.com. With the support of her family, Hanan launched the unique real estate site in 2008 after securing a seed investment from Oasis500. By 2013, her company had broken even. Using the freemium and premium paid subscription model, Aqar-Estate.com helps users buy and sell properties, find suitable housing, and discover the price of their property online.
For Hanan, running her startup means taking initiative, taking risk, being positive, and seeing opportunities. She says obstacles and boundaries push her to be more creative.
In addition to her Aqar Estate venture, Hanan actively motivates women and girls in Jordan to contribute to creating a brighter future for themselves and their communities. She has been selected by the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as a 2013 Emerging Leader in its TechWomen program, is considered to be one of the top three Jordanian women in technology, and is the 2013 winner of GIST’s Startup Boot Camp in Amman, Jordan.